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Michaux, F Andrew [François André]
The North American Sylva, or a Description of Forest Trees, of the United States, Canada, and Nova Scotia, Translated from the French [by A.L. Hillhouse].
Paris: Printed by C. D'Hautel, 1819. First edition. Redouté. Three volumes, contemporary half straight-grain green goatskin, spines extra-gilt, all edges gilt, half-titles present in all volumes.156 stipple-engraved illustrations, colored by hand, the majority after Pierre Joseph Redouté. Pancrace Bessa, and Redouté's brother Henry Joseph also contributed drawings. A little faded and rubbed, some light foxing and a light marginal dampstain in vol. 1. A handsome copy in a fancy contemporary binding. This is the first printing to contain Hillhouse's entire translation. "The Hillhouse translation by a brief mode of expression seems to have been able to condense the 135 pages on the Oaks into 112, numbering the latter page 112-136 to conform with the second part of the [first] volume which begins at p. 137," Meisel. Bookplate of Edward Tuckerman, and the recipient's pencilled gift inscription at end of vol. 1 "Father to E.T. Jr. Nov. 1842". The junior Tuckerman became a famous botanist, specializing in lichens, in which he was the first American specialist. In 1842 he had just returned from studies in Europe, and a collecting trip to the White Mountains with Asa Gray. His neat penciled notes on where he saw particular trees appear occasionally. Sabin 48694; Meisel, p. 380 3 ll, (i)-(vi), 1-112, 136-268
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